Time travel in Nelson

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tony has cooled down and the drive to Nelson was great, sun was shining and no cars on the road, but we were overtaken by trucks, vans carrying logs and camper vans I'm just waiting for the milk float to take us on. You see the car is automatic and he hates third gear and forgets to drop down on the odd occasion we attempt to overtake. Justin tried to overtake and it slipped in fourth so we had to pull back in the slow lane defeated but laughing.  We stopped at a picnic area for lunch and perched ourselves on a picnic table which was hanging off the riverside ( we didn’t realise until we sat down) so we made it snappy before we fell off.  We feel like the clampets most of the time what with the bonnet open every time we stop to cool it, our washing line strung up along the back seat for Justin’s pants and my Bridget’s on the dashboard to dry.  Snappy lunch over onwards we drove.

Nelson is a great town and we found a fantastic hostel that had a pool and a hot tub free breakfast and a bowl of soup at 6pm.  We were told to pitch our tent behind the volley ball pitch much to our hilarity, let’s hope nobody wants to play! I had planned for us to have another free day of fun again so first stop was a history museum in the centre of the town and there was a big sign with a suggested donation of $5 per person, so on our exit we popped a few 10c’s in the box and minced out the door, I took Justin to see the oldest intact street in New Zealand to which he said "Is that it" great!  Then off to a Japanese garden for our daily picnic, it really was a great place we ran over the bridges like a pair of kids before sitting with our daily cheese sandwich.  We then spent $5 each to enter a Heritage Park/Brewery (A bit like Beamish).   We weren’t too sure what to expect but it was great, it was a village set back in time, with hundreds of props for us to be very immature and take silly photos, great fun. We then sat on the beach for a chill out then headed back to the hostel to jump in the hot tub and get our free soup.  We booked to go kayaking up at Abel Tasman the following day so started to get excited about that.

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